This excerpt taken from the EQR 10-K filed Mar 14, 2005.
POWERS OF TRUSTEES
Subject to the express limitations herein or in the Bylaws, (1) the business and affairs of the Trust shall be managed under the direction of the Board of Trustees and (2) the Board of Trustees shall have full, exclusive and absolute power, control and authority over the Trust Property and over the business of the Trust. The Board of Trustees may take any actions as in its sole judgment and discretion are necessary or desirable to conduct the business of the Trust. This Declaration of Trust shall be construed with a presumption in favor of the grant of power and authority to the Board of Trustees. Any construction of this Declaration or determination made in good faith by the Board of Trustees concerning the powers and authority of the Trust, the Shareholders, the Board of Trustees or the offices of the Trust hereunder shall be conclusive. The powers of the Board of Trustees shall in no way be limited or restricted by reference to or inference from the terms of this or any other provision of this Declaration or construed or deemed by inference or otherwise in any manner to exclude or limit the powers conferred upon the Board of Trustees under the general laws of the State of Maryland as now or hereafter in force. In the case of an ambiguity in the application of any provision of this Declaration of Trust, including any provision relating to share ownership and transfers, the Board of Trustees shall have the power to determine the application of that provision (subject, however, to the provisions of Section 7.2(a)(1)(A)), and such determination shall be final and conclusive for all purposes.
The Board of Trustees, without any action by the Shareholders, shall have and may exercise, on behalf of the Trust, without limitation, the power to terminate the status of the Trust as a real estate investment trust under the Code; to determine that compliance with any restriction or limitations on ownership and transfers of shares of the Trusts beneficial interest set forth in Article VII of this Declaration of Trust is no longer required in order for the Trust to qualify as a REIT; to adopt, amend and repeal Bylaws; to elect officers in the manner prescribed in the Bylaws; to solicit proxies from holders of shares of beneficial interest of the Trust; and to do any other acts and deliver any other documents necessary or appropriate to the foregoing powers.